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Ascent of Volcán Chimborazo on 2017-11-12

Climber: Nicholas Daniel

Others in Party:Margaret Kincaid
Date:Sunday, November 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Volcán Chimborazo
    Location:Ecuador
    Elevation:19038 ft / 5802 m

Ascent Trip Report

Joined a friend for a trip to Ecuador to climb some peaks. Was a little nervous about planning to ascend Chimborazo after only 5 days acclimatization coming from home at sea level and rightfully so.

Summited Pichincha on day one, Iliniza Norte on day two, then slept at 13000 with some hikes up to 16400 during the day but this was not enough.

Started from Whymper hut at 11pm and climbed 5 hours to just over 19000 feet before the altitude got the better of me. Headache, nausea and fatigue, but turned back when I started to have balance issues and feeling mentally groggy with 3-4 hours to go. Very steep climb as well. First failed summit, guess it had to happen sometime
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2638 ft / 804 m
    Total Elevation Loss:25 ft / 7 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide, Hut Camp
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2638 ft / 804 m
    Route:Classic
    Start Trailhead:16400 ft / 4998 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:25 ft / 7 m
    Route:Classic
    End Trailhead:19013 ft / 5795 m



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